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Dragonslayer (2011)



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Dragonslayer documents the transgressions of a lost skate punk falling in love in the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California in the aftermath of Americaʼs economic collapse. Taking the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of broken homes, abandoned swimming pools and stray glimpses of unusual beauty, Dragonslayer captures the life and times of Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, a local skate legend and new father, as his endless summer finally collides with the future. Set to the alternately roaring and dreamy soundtrack of bands from the indie labels Mexican Summer and Kemado Records-including Best Coast, Bipolar Bear, Children, Dungen, Eddy Current and the Suppression Ring, Golden Triangle, Jacuzzi Boys, Little Girls, Real Estate, The Soft Pack, Saviours, as well as DEATH and Thee Oh Sees-Dragonslayer is a punkrock manifesto to youth, love and learning to survive after the decline of western civilization. -- Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Dragonslayer

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11)

Dragonslayer is an amazing window into a particular part of the culture and how we live now. You'll think about Skreech -- his father's day gift for his son, his new job at a bowling alley -- for a long time after you leave the theatre.

December 16, 2011
Toronto Sun
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Like many good documentary filmmakers, Tristan Patterson is a talented eavesdropper who lets characters articulate overriding themes.

Full Review… | December 16, 2011
Globe and Mail
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In following this scattered character around, "Dragonslayer" director Tristan Patterson makes a very purposeful documentary about the pessimistic worldview of the nation's youth, and what that means for the future.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
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A youth culture backdropped by the crumbling edge of California is rendered with punk rock energy and grace.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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The portrait is dispiriting overall, inspiring little affection from viewers, but feels authentic and fair.

Full Review… | November 8, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite a slew of skateboarding films in recent years, each one quite distinct, Patterson's pic arguably comes closest to channeling the culture's punk vibe and youthful abandon, albeit filtered through an outsider's aesthetic.

Full Review… | November 8, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Dragonslayer


Not a "legend" skater as he is referred to as, not a very bright individual. Instead of documenting Southeastern white trash (such as Appalachia), they captured Western So-Cal white trash (ie People that should never create children)

John Agnew
John Agnew

A stream of consciousness, fly-on-the-wall type documentary about Josh "Skreech" Sandoval, a professional skateboarder, now retired at the age of 23. Innovatively organized, artistically shot, with an interesting Punk Rock sound track. After taking a trip to Sweden, Sandoval, his girlfriend and baby set off with little money on a road trip across the country to hook up with like-minded skateboarders before settling down to a more mediocre lifestyle. We get a small glimpse of the adventure of finding empty pools during the 2008 financial collapse in California. The film is a bit aimless and in the moment. Learning about Sandoval and his world was gleaned from watching him in real time. I would have liked to have learned more. Official website: http://dragonslayermovie.com/ http://www.moviereviewsfromaspiritualperspective.com/2011-arizona-underground-film-fest/dragonslayer

Jean Jessup
Jean Jessup

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